Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen to freshen up his back-line and has identified the Tottenham defender as a potential summer targetBy Harry Sherlock
Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton is a potential summer transfer target for West Ham.
The Hammers are keen to reinforce their back-line when the transfer window reopens and are currently on the hunt for a long-term replacement for 32-year-old right-back Guy Demel.
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The 25-year-old has privately expressed his frustrations at being played out of position at left-back for the majority of this season – much like central defender Jan Vertonghen – and is believed to be open to the idea of leaving White Hart Lane.
However, current manager Tim Sherwood deployed Naughton at right-back in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday and is keen to blood English talent.
Club chairman Daniel Levy would also be loath to lose a player to a London rival and would play hard-ball with Upton Park chiefs David Gold and David Sullivan were they to bid for the player.
On top of interest in Naughton, Hammers scouts have also watched Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand with the view of using him in a similar role.
Bertrand is currently on loan at Aston Villa but Blues chief Jose Mourinho claimed recently that the Englishman remained a part of his plans.
Nevertheless, West Ham are casting their net wide and are prepared to bid for the 24-year-old at the end of the season, should their move for Naughton fail.